Wyoming residents are being warned of a phone scam where caller ID will show a law enforcement number as part of an effort to get victims to part with their money.
WHP spokesman Sergeant Jeremy Beck says the patrol was recently made aware of the scam, where criminals are contacting the public stating a relative has been in a motor vehicle crash and arrested for driving while under the influence while stating the relative needs cash for bail and attorney fees.
Beck says the phone numbers the scam callers are using during calls are being ‘spoofed’ or replicated to look like they are coming from a legitimate law enforcement office in Dubois, Wyoming, other parts of the state, and even from surrounding states.
The Wyoming Highway Patrol is reminding the public they have not, and will not request any payment over the phone. Officials encourage anyone who may have received questionable phone calls soliciting funds to contact your local law enforcement or government agency to verify the information you may have received.